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Thursday
Jun 23
6:00PM  POETRY
host Alexandra Grace

Jane Greenway Carr, Columbia;  Kathleen Graber, NYU;  Jason Irwin, Sarah Lawrence
poetry: Post MFA / Pre First Book, a new series for those who are in between peer groups and their first pulitzer.
 Cover $6 (includes one house drink)
8:30PM  GNU VOX – VOCAL SERIES: AMANDA BAISINGER AND SEAN WOOD
Davod Devoe, curator

Amanda Baisinger, Sean Wood, vocals;  Keith Ganz, guitar;  Bryn Roberts, piano;  Peter Slavov, bass;  Ferenc Nemeth, drums
GNU VOX – vocal series:  Amanda Baisinger and Sean Wood image
Amanda Baisinger grew up in California and has lived on the east coast for seven years. She has cultivated a distinct style that is based in jazz, folk and pop. She has collaborated with people such as the formiddable pianist, producer, arranger Alain Mallet, who was a major force with the early 90's folk group, The Story. Since graduating from Berklee College of Music, Amanda has been performing and teaching music in New England and New York. Most recently she has recorded an album of original music with an all-star cast of young emerging jazz musicians in New York, that will be released in Fall 2005. This concert will feature music from her new recording as well as other material. Visit www.amandabaisinger.com for more news about the upcoming CD release.

Sean Wood is on the forefront of an innovative group of young musicians whose style spans many genres. Sean has performed with Steve Coleman, Irene Abei and the Futurities ensemble, and various other groups in such places as Boston, Berlin and San Francisco. With a solid foundation in jazz and the strong influence of singer-songwriters like Joni Mitchell and Patty Griffin, he has melded a unique approach to his own compositions and arrangements. This concert marks Sean's NYC debut with a full band, and is definitely a show not to be missed. This unique series features both emerging and established vocalists in styles ranging from straight ahead, modern to avant-garde and free jazz. Each vocalist will present personal material that showcases their abilities as interpreters, improvisers, composers and arrangers. The Cornelia St. Cafe provides an intimate setting to hear these exceptional artists at a reasonable price!


 Cover $10   www.amandabaisinger.com

Friday
Jun 24
6:00PM  PINK PONY POETRY
Jackie Sheeler, host


Jackie Sheeler's open mic poetry series. Arrive before 6 pm to sign up. featured reader Collin Kelly . $6 admission includes a *free* drink
 Cover $6 (includes one house drink)   http://www.poetz.com
8:30PM  RON HORTON QUARTET
Ron Horton, trumpet & flugelhorn;  Michael Blake, saxophones;  Tom Beckham, vibraphone;  Ben Allison, bass
Ron Horton Quartet image
Trumpeter/composer Ron Horton will be presenting his new quartet that features fellow Jazz Composers Collective members Ben Allison (bass) and Michael Blake (saxophones), as well as vibraphonist Tom Beckham. The ensemble will showcase all new compositions written by Horton specifically to launch this new ensemble, and also several compositions by the other members, who are all critically acclaimed leaders and composers in their own right.
 Cover $10
Saturday
Jun 25
6:00PM  POETICALLY INCORRECT - THE AMERICAN-CARIBBEAN WRITERS
Martine Dominque & Johnny


Poetically Incorrect, spoken word from the Caribbean, Brooklyn, Fordham Road and other places with soul.
8:30PM  THE TUBA PROJECT FEATURING BOB STEWART
Lucian Ban, piano;  Alex Harding, baritone sax, bass cl;  Bruce Williams, alto sax, flutes;  Bob Stewart, tuba;  Derek Phillips, drums
The TUBA Project featuring Bob Stewart image

" Cornelia Street Cafe presents a special concert featuring the All Star TUBA Project - featuring Alex Harding, Bruce Williams , Lucian Ban, Derrek Phillips and special guest star Bob Stewart. A working band for more than a year the group will present music to be recorded for their upcoming album on CIMP Records. Founded in 2004 by long time musical collaborators, Alex Harding and Transylvanian born pianist Lucian Ban the group brings together some of the most creative voices in jazz today to form a unique ensemble built around the voices of alto & bari saxes and tuba. Benefiting immensely from the extraordinaire talent of Mr. Bob Stewart who can play the tuba in any way possible, the group plays highly charged original music that doesn't sound like anything else you've heard before. Pulsating blues, new orleans riffs, post bop lines, funk grooves and free jazz outbursts can be found in their music but the sound of the group goes well beyond all those to become a voice of its own. playing original music the four musicians have to be seen and heard to get the full picture" Pianist Lucian Ban has recorded two albums under his name with fiery bari sax player Alex Harding and his quintet featuring drum legend Barry Altschul was voted "one of the best shows of 2003 " by All About Jazz. He will bring his eastern european influences to the music. Bruce Williams - currently the newest and youngest member in the famous world Saxophone Quartet - is considered one the best altoists on the scene today and he's equally at home playing post hard bop and avantgarde. Anchoring the whole thing one of best drummers today - Mr. Derrek Phillips"
 Cover $12
Sunday
Jun 26
6:00PM  POETRY
Angelo Verga


Poetry: Soft Skull Press authors Jerome Sala, Tod Colby
 Cover $6 (includes one house drink)
8:30PM  KAIKU
Jaana Kantola, Paula Jaakkola Erja Vettenranta, vocals;  Benjamin Ickies, accordion;  Christopher Hoffman, cello;  John Hadfield, percussion
KAIKU image
KAIKU
World music group with Finnish roots.

“Sweet soaring Finnish sounds” - Daily News

“I am amazed and delighted at their vocal artistry, musicianship, fine close harmony, and by their arrangements of traditional Finnish vocal music for performance” - Isaiah Sheffer, Symphony Space

"Centered on the radiant harmonies of three female vocalists, Kaiku gives old - sometimes ancient - Finnish texts entirely new musical settings with the help of an instrumental lineup drawing as much from Brazilian music as Finnish music! Like, how about a little berimbau with your ancient Finnish epic poems?"
- Robert Weisberg, WFMU 91.1

"Kaiku takes its audience on a wild musical ride with a surprising range of different tones and moods."
- Anna Leino, Finlandia Weekly

Students w/ID: $8
 Cover $10   www.kaikumusic.com

Monday
Jun 27
6:00PM  ONE WOMAN SHOW: HELEN STRATFORD "HOBO OF THE ART"
Angelo Verga


One Woman Show: Helen Stratford "Hobo of the Art" All the way from the East Village by bicycle.
 Cover $6 (includes one house drink)
8:30PM  21 CENTURY SCHIZOID MUSIC PRESENTS DEREK BERMEL
Derek Bermel, composer, clarinetist;  Dan Cooper, electric bass;  Andy Russo, piano, vocals;  Bobby Roe, bass;  Ryan Scott, guitar;  Steve Altenberg, drums
21 century schizoid music presents Derek Bermel  image
FIRST SET:
Derek Bermel, clarinet
Dan Cooper, electric bass
Andy Russo, piano & vocals

SECOND SET
Peace by Piece
Derek Bermel, vocals, caxixi, keys
Bobby Roe, bass
Ryan Scott, guitar
Steve Altenberg, drums

Still in his early 30’s, DEREK BERMEL has been hailed by colleagues, critics, and audiences across the globe for his creativity and theatricality as a composer of chamber, symphonic, dance, theater, and pop works, and his versatility and virtuosity as a clarinetist, conductor, and jazz and rock musician. He has received many of today’s most important awards, including the 2001 Rome Prize, Guggenheim and Fulbright Fellowships, a Millennium Prize by Faber Music (UK), and several ASCAP Awards, as well as residencies at the Lincoln Center Directors Lab, Tanglewood, Bowdoin, Banff, and Yaddo.

"Derek Bermel's "Voices", a concerto for clarinet, with the composer playing the solo part brilliantly, was fun, music with brash humor, clever scoring, evocations of elegiac Irish bagpipes in the slow movement, and Led Zeppelin in the finale."
- THE NEW YORK TIMES

Second Set: PEACE by PIECE,/b>

The music of the Brooklyn band Peace by Piece is funk-based, peppered with samba- and zydeco-flavored soul played with exceptional artistry and musicianship. Featuring singer-songwriter Derek Bermel on keyboards and caxixi, Bobby Roe on bass and vocals, Mark Tewarson on guitar and vocals, and Mat Deveau on drums, the band's self-titled first release is filled with subtle, danceable funk ("don't panic") and hauntingly groovy hooks ("child in your eyes").
 Cover $10   www.dworkineliason.com/html/bermel/bermel_artist.html www.peermusicclassical.com/composer/bermel.cfm

Tuesday
Jun 28
6:00PM  GRAD POETRY SERIES
Gina Myers, host

TBA
the best poets from local MFA programs present new work: Hannah Baker-Siroty - Sarah Lawrence College; Dan Hoy - The New School; Michael Broder - NYU; Jeff Boyle - Sarah Lawrence College.
 Cover $6 (includes one house drink)
8:30PM  RHYTHM HEALING PRESENTS: BASHIRI JOHNSON AND FRIENDS
Bashiri Johnson, Percussion;  Monet, Vocals;  Sheldon Goode, Guitars;  Francis Mbappe, Bass/vocals;  Carole Alexis, Vocals;  Robin Small, Vocals;  Triscia Angus , Vocals;  Derick Cross, Human Beat Box
Rhythm Healing Presents: Bashiri Johnson and Friends image
An Evening of Rhythm & Song

The Words, The Music, The Songs, of NYC Percussion Artist, Bashiri Johnson Performed by Bashiri w/ Monet, Sheldon Goode, Francis Mbappe, Carole Alexis, Robin Small, Ros Lenore and surprise guest artists   rhythmhealing.com bashirijohnson.com

Wednesday Jun 29
8:30PM  ANDREW RATHBUN GROUP
Andrew Rathbun, reeds;  Scott Lee, bass;  Jeff Hirshfield, drums;  PLUS GUEST: John McNeil, trumpet
Andrew Rathbun Group image
Scott, Jeff and Andrew meet often to work on the music that Andrew and Scott compose for this group, and as a result they play TOGETHER as a cohesive unit. This group does it all, weaving in and out of playing 'free' to creating spontaneous forms to playing changes and even the occasional standard.
 Cover $8   www.andrewrathbun.com
Thursday
Jun 30
6:00PM  BAD DATE STORIES
Karen Heuler, host


Bad Date Stories What are those two doing with each other and is it legal? Stories about impossible connections and unredeeming sex, hosted by Karen Heuler and featuring Jennifer Dziura, Armistead Johnson, Martin Cohen, and Jennifer Sears.
 Cover $6 (includes one house drink)
8:30PM  BILLY LESTER QUARTET
Billy Lester, piano;  Simon Wettenhall, trumpet;  Sean Smith, bass;  Russ Meissner, drums
The newest CD from veteran jazz pianist Billy Lester (Four Into Four, Coppens) has garnered much critical acclaim since its release, including most recently being selected as one of the Cadence Magazine Editor’s Choices of 2003 for best recording of the year.

From the school of the legendary Lennie Tristano, the mid-50 year old Lester actually studied under one of Tristano’s most acclaimed students, Sal Mosca. Having spent most of his time constructing his musical concept with only occasional performances, Lester recently performed at Roulette in New York City from which he produced this, his most recent recording.

A masterful solo, duo, and trio pianist, I’m sure that after a listen, you will agree that Billy Lester has been a hidden treasure for most ears over these many years. In Alan Jones’ liner notes to Anthony Braxton’s Ten Compositions (Quartet) 2000 (CIMP), Lester is actually named an “unsung giant” composer along with Andrew Hill, whose compositions Braxton recorded.

Lester is remarkably capable of refashioning ultra-familiar repertoire into music strikingly his own.
-Howard Mandel, Jazz Journalist Association (JJA) president and jazz critic
 Cover $12

Drum kit donated by
CANOPUS DRUMS, Japan

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